When Last time I wrote about Dean’s permalink migration plugin I didn’t realize some people will find it hard to use it. When we talk about WordPress SEO the basic thing is permalink. WordPress default permalink structure is ugly for SEO and it does not make any sense for search engine optimization.
Today I was working for a client wordpress SEO and she was using the default wordpress permalink which is no where close to SEO optimization. Well I had to change it to something better for SEO and without breaking a single post , else 404 errors will create a problem.
I think this tutorial will help you from migration your default wordpress permalink to search engine optimized wordpress permalink. If you have not written any post and if its a fresh installation of WordPress you need not need to follow this steps and you can directly change your wordpress permalink structure from settings >permalink under your dashboard.
For people who are using /category/post permalink, for them word of caution stop using two category for single post, you are creating post duplication issue. It’s better to stick to one category per post and use tags to structure your blog.
301 Migration of WordPress default permalink to SEO permalink
This is a simple step by step guide for newbie’s to change their default wordpress permalink structure to something meaning full and search engine friendly.
Download Deans permalink migration plugin. Install and activate the plugin
Under Settings > Permalink migration Enter old blog permalink , I assume you using default permalink so you should put
Click on update options.
Note: When you update permalink. Scroll down at the bottom of the page and you might see .htaccess code which you need to change in your .htaccess file. This is a mandatory step else you may start getting 404 errors. If you are not sure what you are doing, better hire us to change your permalink without 404 error.
Now you need to enter new permalink structure and you can do it by going to Settings>permalink
I prefer using /%postname%.html permalink structure , you can take help of wordpress permalink tags to get something you like. IMO keep it short and simple , which make sense to search engines.
Once you changed the permalink , click on update.
Now check your posts and pages , if everything is normal you have done everything alright. If things goes wrong, you might need to crosscheck the permalink settings you entered in permalink migration settings.
If you find any problem or have any question regarding this or WordPress SEO. Feel free to get in touch with me.
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